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THE WASHINGTON TIMES; MONDAY? MARCH 3; 1919.
President Pleads for Equal Opportunities for Workers in Speech to Governor! AYSWEUST AFEGUARD SOF AVERAGE MAN (Continued from First Page.) would be f ound. for restoring: industry to a proper basis. "We are more fortunate in respect to thlB great problem that the other nations of the -world," he said, "and can approach the subject with com plete assurance." The "business of the government in readjusting industry in the United States is "to take council for the average man," the President said. The whole matter, he said, "runs down Into the plane of the -workers" and the decision must be -worked out . to benefit those who contribute their energy and minds to making indus tries successful. Rations Are Iearalng. His conferences with foreign states men and contact with European peo ples, he said, had convinced him that all nations are "at least learning that the workers is the basic element to be considered in all business." The President urged "a decision -which -will serve the purpose of all." He spoke of the international sig nificance of the movement in this country. For the first time in his tory, he said, there is "a genuine in ternational sympathy with what is done on this' side of the water." The historic East Room was crowd ed with the delegates who assembled in Tesponse to Invitations from Secre tary of Labor Wilson, who made the opening address, to try to get Fed eral, State, and municipal improve ment .plans so co-ordinated as to as sist in bridging over the period of un certainty between -war and peace. The President was roundly applaud ed when he appeared for his' brief talk. The President, expressing regret that he would be unable to partlci pate actively in the conferences to determine means of improving busi ness and employment conditions, de clared the subect must be approach ed with f ull- recognition of the rights of the wprkers. A "General Statement. J Ot had been expected that the President would deliverer a lengthy address and that he would go rath er fully Into his idea on reconstruc tion.' However, he stated that he merely wished to extend a welcome to the conference. He is trying to do a month's work In a week, he. announced and before NTFRFS Butacu Howki li.IL .'6 P. M. Pally. .-' PARKER - Presents STETSON HATS i MEN are more critical about qual ity these days than ever before. They know that under present ' conditions there is no compromise about a hat Either it is a fine hat or it is not We being the, largest distributors of Stetson Hate, endorse by our actions our opinion. Stetson Hats have unexcelled wearing qualities, and hold their shape as long as they last The materials from which they are made are of such high grade quality that the colors are the richest and best de veloped. Stetson Soft Hats give a semi-informal appearance not obtained in any other soft hat made. The spring styles of this desirable make are on display in our men's hat section, main floor, east building. Stetson Soft Hats $3 to $8 The Avenue ,' of pressure on his time, he said he could do no more than welcome the city and state executives. Secretary, of . Labor Wilson, warned of Bolshevist attempts in Seattle and elsewhere to overthrow the existing order of things. .No country, he de clared "owes a man a living," but "every country owes him an oppor tunity to earn 'a living." Bolshevist outbreaks reported thus far have been curbed by an appeal to their- reason, the Secretary, said, and added "the outlook is bright af ter we provide proper employment during the next, few months." The President' Address. The text of the President's adress follows: 3dr. Secretary and Gentlemen of the Conference: "I wish that I could promise myself the pleasure and the profit of taking part in your deliberations. I find that nothing deliberate is permitted me since my return. I have been trying under the guidance of my secretary, Mr. TumuUy, to do a month's work in a week, and I am hoping tnac -nqt all of it has been done badly, but lnasumch as there is a necessary pressure upon my time, I kiow that you will excuse me from taking a part in your conference, much as I very hearty welcome and to express should be profited by doing so. "My present duty is to bid you a my gratification that so many execu tives of cities and States have found the time and the Inclination to come together on the very important mat ter we have to. discuss.. The primary duty of caring for our people In the intimate matters that we want to discuss here, of course, falls upon the States and -upon the municipalities, and the function of the Federal Gov ernment is. to do what it is trying to do in a conference of this sort draws the executive minds pf the country together so that they may profit by each others suggestions and plans, and so that we may offer our Lservices to coordinate their efforts In any way that they miy deem it wise to coordinate. In other words. It is the privilege of the Federal Govern ment in matters of this sort to be the draw the executive minds of the States and municipalities and coun ties, and we shall perform that duty with the greatest pleasure if you will guide us with your suggestions. "I hope that the discussions of this conference will take as wide a scope as you think necessary. Wey are not to discuss any single or narrow sub ject. Parpoae of Meeting. "We are met to discuss the proper method of restoring all the labor con ditions of the country to a normal basis as soon as possible, and to ef fecting such allocations of labor and industry as the circumstances may make necessary. I think I can testify from what I have seen on the other side of the water that we are more fortunate than other nations in re spect to these great problems. "Our industries have 'been disturb ed and disorganized disorganized as compared with a peace basis, very se riously, Indeed, by the war: but not so seriously as the Industries of other (countries; and it seems to 'me, there fore, that we should approach the ' problem that we are about to discuss with a. good deal, of commence wjw a good deal of confidence that if we have a common .purpose we can rea- BRIDGET at Ninth i i i When Fellers Need Friends SESst By -Briggs llze that common purpose without serious or Insurmountable difficulties. Iitaraed a New Lesson. "The thing that has Impressed me most, gentlemen, not only in the re cent weeks when I have been in con ference on the other sfdq of the water, but for many months befpre I went across the water, was this: we are at last learning that the business of gov ernment Is to take counsel' for the average man. We are at last learning that the whole matter of the prosper ity of peoples runs down Into the great body of the men and women who do the work of the world, and that the process of guidance Is not com pleted by the mere success of great enterprises it is completed only by the standard of the benefit that it con fers upon those who In the obscure ranks of life contribute to the success o fthose enterprises. The hearts of the men and women and children of the world 'are stirred now in a way that has never been known before. They are not only stirred by their Individual circumstances, but they are beginning to get a vision of what the general circumstances of the world are, and there is for the first time in history an, International sympathy which is quick and vital a sympathy which does not display Itself merely in the contact of governments, but displays itself in the silent intercourse of sym pathy between great bodies that con stitute great nations, and the signifi cance of a conference like this -Is that we are expressing in it, and will, I be lieve, express in the results of this conference, our consciousness that we are servants of this great silent mass of people who constitute the United States, and that as their servants it is pur business, as it is our privilege, to find out how we can best assist in making their lives what they wish them to be, giving them the oppor tunities that they ought to have, as sisting by public counsel in the pri vate affairs upon which the happiness of men depends. Seek Information. "And so I am the more distressed that I cannot take part in these coun cils because my present business is to understand what plain mn everywhere want. It is perfectly un derstood In Paris that we are not meeting there as the'nestors of any body that we arte meeting there as the servants of, I believe it is, about 700,000.000 people, and that unless we 6 Bellans Hot water Sure Relief B ELL- AN S FOR INPIGESTIOM BURNSTINE'S ESTABHSHEO ST TEAKSX N, DIAMONDS . . v J I .. k-Ana utncr precious oiones 361 PEA. AVE. PHONt MAIN S3BZ Gold, Silver and. Platinum Farcaased tor Manufacturing Purposes, , lobisJ&ijSM ' ' ff I show that we understand the business of servants we will not satisfy th.am and we will not accompiisn me peacn of the -world, and that If we show that we want to serve any Interest but theirs we will have become candidates for the most lasting discredit that will ever attach to men In history. And so it Is with this profound feeling of the significance of the things you are un dertaking that I bid you welcome, be cause I believe you have come to gether In the spirit which I have tried to indicate and that we will together concert methods of co-operation and Individual action which will really ac complish what we wish to see accom plished In steadying and easing and facilitating the whole labor processes of the United States." SECRETARY DANIELS SAYS HE SEES END OF OLD LABOR PROBLEM Secretary Daniels sees an end to the so-called "Labor Problem" of the old days when capital and laber viewed one another with suspicion. He believes that the new "labor problem" Is mere ly the problem of getting labor and papital to know and understand each other," he told the conference of mayors and governors today. "We believe that capital and labor have grown to understand each other in these past hours of common peril as they have never understood each other before," Secretary Daniels said. The Navy Department, he announced, is today offering employment to more men than ever before. "I may state that today there are 69,000 more men employed than in 1D13," he said. While only temporary, the navy will be able to provide this work for many months to come. LABOR TROUBLES WERE BOLSHEVIK EFFORTS In his opening address. Secretary Wilson revealed the fact that offi cial cognizance had been taken of the fact that the labor troubles in Seattle, Butte, Paterson, N. J., and Lawrence, Mass., were more than in dustrial strjkes; that they were ef forts to start a revolution and es tablish the soviet form of government in America. "But," said the Secretary, "they did not take into consideration the atti tude of the American mind; they did not take Into consideration tho Amer ican public school. And their appeal fell on deaf ears. For more than two years we have ben counteracting such I. W. W. and Bolshevik propa ganda in this country. We have been appealing to the reason of the work ingman. When he is employed, he can see reason to our arguments, but It is hard to point out to a. man who is Idle through no fault of his own that the greatest production with u given amount of labor means the greatest profits to divide. So we must keep him employed. "I dp not subscribe to the doctrine that any country owes any man a living, but I do declare that any country owes to any man an opportunity to earn his living." Secretary Wilson, reviewing the labor situation in the country, said that ac cording to reports his department re ceive Ui ere arc now about 7nn nnn un employed men In the country, as .against a normal unemployment due to the "turnover" of labor, of about 1,000,009. ! "But the cause for alarm," he said, "if 'there bo any. Is In the fact that the number is constantly increasing. "I do not believe," Secretary Wilson said, "that any Improvements not needed should be undertaken. We do not want our men to work on futile things. But great Federal, State and municipal im- . provements have been awaiting the time I they could bo resumed, and it is such things we should co-ordinate to bridge ; us over. "We have arranged for foreign credits; we have a great Industrial country, and we will have a great tonage In ships the three things to make for prosperity. Periods of In dustrial activity have followed every war In which wo have engaged and there is no reason it should not follow the great devastation wrought in the recent war. - Improvement Lagging-. "But Improvements are lagging. Men hesitate to engage In new busi ness with present prices of labor and material abnormally high. But I do not believe wages will be reduced to any great extent for some time to come. Some forms of labor ave re ceived a greater increase in pay than the increased cost of living; farmers have been able to lay by some profits which they may invest In improved farm machinery; but it will be more than a year before demobilization of our armies is completed, and if we get back to a pre-war basis, there would be a shortage of labor as it stands now. So it Is our duty to pro vide some sort of buffer employment right now that wil Itlde us over the time when we get back to a pre-war basis." WAR CONTRACTORS TO GET $2,800,000,000 PAY Informal contracts entered Into dur ing the war. by the War Department with contractors in America repressnt a total of about $1,600,000,000, and those with European contractors ag gregate approximately $1,200,000,000. These contractors will be paid Imme diately, since Congress has passed the bill validating the Informal war con tracts, and the President this morning signed it. making- the measure law, Secretary of War Baker said today 'n a speech at the governors' conference in the East Room of the White House. ADVERTISEMENT COREGA Holds Fake Teeth Firmly in Mouth It Prevents Sore Gums Guns shrink or swell and plates become loose, which is no fault of the dentist. An application of Corega sifted evenly on the den tal plate relieves these conditions. It holds the plate firmly and comfortably in position. Also promotes mouth hygiene. 35c at drug stores and dental supply houses. Your drucgist can get it from his whoUsaler. Coriga C hemic U Co., Cleveland, Ohio. HOTEL TO BE PARIS HOME OF PRESIDENT PARIS, March 3. President Wilson will occupy the Hotel Blschoffsclm on his return to Paris, and his plan3 are to remain here for three months if necessary to carry out his program. The hotel in question will be furnish ed by the French government. , Built eighteen years ago, the hotel is a magnificent structure. It cost about $1,000,000 and the furnishings cost more than $2,000,000. It hr& fort elaborately appointed rooms. j Rooms being prepared for Presi dent and Mrs. Wilson are on the first floor, and the President, from either bedroom or library, can look out of a window and speak with Premier Lloyd George, whose house is directly , opposite. I The government's lease of the structure specifies no time limit, other than to say "for the length of the President's stay." Agents for the. property .say they understand the pe riod is for three months. Christ would be a labor unionist were he alive today, according to the Rer. Howard L Stewart, of the Second Bap tist Church, who last night preached on "Does the Laboring Man Get a Square Deair "Christ, said the speaker, "advocated the very things for which labor unions are fighting today namely a decent place to live, decent food, a- safe place to work In, a place free from moral con tamination and share In the profits he I helps to earn. Personally I am strong for labor unions." "Nations that have forgotten their God have found their ruin." declared the Rev. James Shera Montgomery at Liberty Hut Yesterday afternoon, addressing an audience of over 4,000 persons. "The' Ideals of Americanism are not commer cial or financial," said Dr. Montgomery. "Our Ideals are centered in the Individ ual. Americanism is not an institution, but-a providence. Henco God has as signed the nation to a, great work; a work that is coextensive with man." It is the duty of Americans tc teach aliens, according to David H. Olson, president of the International Christian Bible College, who spoke at the Vermont Avenue Christian Church last night. SENATE PROBE INTO BOLSHEVISM TO GO ON Continuation of the Senate Bol sbevikl investigation during the re cess Was assured today when theSen ate passed a resolution authorizing the propaganda subcommittee to go ahead. Senator Overman, chairman of the committee, announced he plans to continue the inquiry for several weeks. . - I SAYS CHRIST HAD LABOR UNIOH IDEA John Keith was impersonating Derwent Conniston. He had rehearsed thoroughly, every detail of the English officer's life, but had not been warned that Conniston had a sister. And so, when he walked into his bungalow and found her there, a slim, wonderfully pretty little thing who called him brother, he felt within him the impact of conflicting emo tions, of contradictory impulses. He loved her instantly ; he want ed to tell her the truth, yet he knew that if he did so, he, a fu gitive from justice, would be hanged. . This is only part of the extraor dinary tale, "The River's End," by James Oliver Curwood which appears in March Good House keeping. It is the best serial that Curwood has ever written. And in the same issue you will find equally striking features by GOOD HOUSEKEEPING OUT TODAY BBmB&SSBBEEKKttBKBtMSKBKHKWKBBmnnBmmBmixmmmmsam5m&. WINS 2 PROMOTIONS FOR GOOD WORK Rip bbbbbbbbbbbbbf BSLikteBBBBBWr at, BBBBBBBBBBBam u MAJOR JOHN BRAUSE, Who fought through most of the larger battles on the Western front and was recently promoted for h's good work. 1 SE VOTELESS CAPITAL Thirteen more Washington firms and organizations are today using the stickers, letter-head Imprint and fold ers advertising "Voteless Washington' to the people of the United States. Over severity firms are now using the letter-head method which means! that something like 1,000,000 pieces of business correspondence will bo mailed with Washington's appeal for representation printed in rek Ink on them. Thousands of folders outlining Washington's stand for suffrage are also being put into envelopes by Washington business men. Over 30,000,000 stickers have been disposed of in the past week. The new firms and organizations who have adopted the letterhead slogan are: Conduit Road Citizens Association,! Phillips & iynch, inc., wasmngton Society of Draftsmen, Thompson Pharmacy Company,. Merchants & Manufacturers' Association, Fred S. Glschner, George D Horning, C C Calhoun, Joseph P. Cullin, House & Herrman, s. E. Adier, w. jb. Garrison Company and the Professional Chauf feurs' Association. Ideas ts it.- y.i going west. MTODLETOWN, N. T., March 3. William Clark Is legally- dead in New York State, having been so declared by. the surrogates court, after an ab sence of fifteen years. So he's going back to Arizona, where be says he's recognized as a. live one. 3 MORE ADVERT! He loved her and she thought he was her brother Francis Hodgson Burnett, Kath leen Norris, Ida A. R. Wylie, Ruth -Sawyer, W. L. George, Arthur Somers Roche fiction of the highest-type, 15 pages of fashions,thefamous GoodHouse keeping Institute articles full of live, helpful suggestions, the lat est ideas on Interior Decorating, inspiring poetry, pages in color, in all, 176 pages of super-magazine, value. Get your copy to ' night Vor MARCH AT YOUR NEWSDEALER'S A ' -.. ... DISTRICT HERO WIN! 10 PROMOTIONS Although only twenty-four years' o age, John I. Brauae, a graduate a "he Georgetown Dental School, claa f 1016, has been promoted fron leutenant to captain and from cap ..ain to major since he graduate from the officers' training school s Camp Greenleaf, S. C, in June. 1917 Brause, who lives - with his moth er at 63 New York avenue north west, has been In France with thi 315th artillery since the early montht of the war. He had been on thi fighting front three months whei the conflict ended. In a letter to his mother Brans says In part:: "Now that this terrible war k over, I shall soon be home. I havt never told you, but I have been when it was hell, and the reason yon re ceived no letters from me for a tira was because I was where we we killing and pushing the German) back. One night just before the oil fenslve started we were in the largj woods, of a southern sector of Franc I slept in a barn with .only one blan ket It was cold. The terrific bar rage lasted all night and the nols would almost drive one crazy, witi the shells whistling throueh the all "The next morning our boys wen over the top. Allie's (my cousin) reg lment was right .next to me, aad" prayed that Allie would come on alive, although I doubted it. He d4 not know that I was so close I as sure. Brause was promoted to raaja only a week ago. He served for time as dental instructor In th Georgetown Dental School here. BJ fought through San Mlhiel. Sellsa Woods, Argonne forest, Ch&rapaga river and Verdun heights. DISMISS DIVORCE APPEAL OF SNOW The Court of Appeals today Ola missed the appeal of Chester Jk Snow, the millionaire patent attest ney, from the decree of the lowet court, granting Mrs. Addle Hubbari Snow an absolute divorce, settlin upon her a monthly alimony of $50t and awarding her the custody oi their son. Dexter Hubbard Snow. The Snow marriage and divorce ab tracted a great deal of attention I couple of years ago because of thi great difference In the ages of hus band and wife and the many Interest ing Jove letters which were exchange ed between them before their mar riage. which wetfv offered in erldenc at the divorce proceedings; Attar ney'Henry E. Davis represented Hrs Snow and Attorney George P. Hoo ver represented Mr. Snow. We aanat keep out araty eqrelppel and ready to enforce peace CoatlnBe to lead Uncle Saar money buy W. S. jffi constantly. 3 - 25 CENTS i T t